How to Communicate with a Community Partner

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So you have finally found the organization you want to work with. But you are a little nervous about you you should approach the community partner… OR … maybe you are unsure about HOW or WHAT to say to the CP..

 

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Hmmmm what are you to do?

 

 

Well DON’T worry. The Service Learning Team has got your back! We’ve put together a sample script to get your started.

 

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Sample Script

“Hi my name is ______________ and I am calling from Kingsborough Community College. May I please speak with (site contact person name) regarding participation in your agency as a service-learning student?”

Once the site person is on the phone

“Hi my name is ______________ and I am a student from Kingsborough Community College student who is interested in participating as a service-learner with your agency. I am taking a  _________ course and my instructor requires ______ hours to  complete my service-learning requirements.

I am available during (provide your dates and times). Do you have any available programs that can correlate with my schedule?

Is there a required orientation or training I will need to attend?  Am I required to complete any medical forms, background checks? Does your program require me to complete specific hours?

Thank you for your time and consideration.”

 If you would like help contacting an agency, Stop by our office!

Service Learning is…

We asked a few students to share their thoughts about Service Learning and here is what they came up with!!

Service Learning is…

“a great way to get involved!”

” a great way to engage with the society!”

“a different way to participate in group                              activities!”

“a teaching & learning experience”

“an opportunity that allows you to share what                  you’ve learned with others!”

 

 

What does it Take?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to have a meaningful service learning experience? Our team has put together a few easy TIPS to help!

TIPS

Tip # 1: Have an Idea- it is a lot easier for our team to place you in the best site if you know where you want to go or what you want to do

Tip #2: Smile (it goes a long way) – Thinking positive and being enthusiastic during your service learning experience can open many doors

Tip #3: Work Hard – One of the main purposes of Service Learning is to gain practical experience that complements your class room experience. So it is important to work hard and learn

Tip #4:Make (Professional) Friends- Building your professional networks during your experience is also very important!  Don’t forget to ask for a reference once your project is done!

 

A New Perspective on Life

JASpring5_2016After participating in the service learning Junior Achievement Program, I’ve gained a new perspective on life preparation. I’m sure the program was created and intended to change ones view on teaching, however; I have been greatly impacted, realizing the need to prepare children no matter how young for a fiscally responsible life. Life lesson taught in the classroom is an impacting idea for the students and for those participating.

Many adults looking back on childhood first complaint may be, school did not teach me anything valuable to apply to my day to day adult life. The JA program debunks that statement, I could only wish more schools can implement such a program into their curriculum. Learning something as fundamental as finances and not just the business jargon but how to save, spend, what should be bought or not, as trivial as those may seem to a child where money isn’t their greatest assets, the idea of learning what to do with money, that young will benefit them way into adulthood.

The JA experience opened by eyes to the complete benefits of ‘Life Lessons’ such as monetary responsibility being taught to children. I am not a parent, but I know for a fact that because of my experience, I will be sure to make a point of expressing the complexities of money and its purpose to my child way sooner than I probably would have before. A well rounded adult, usually has their finances together and how great to have learnt to do that, all the way back in Pre-K.

 

By Lee-Ann Graham

JA: Having Fun while Teaching

By: Gerardo Battiante

My experience with the Junior Achievement program has been one of the most enjoyable and fun experiences I’ve done in college. Money, banking and finance is my field and having the chance to teach it to the kindergarteners of the Joseph Lamb School made me learn a lot too. Even though the kids were very young, they were also very wise and sometimes their answer surprised me. I also got the chance to work along with some great fellow students and advisors. Our day started with a quick meeting to go over the plan for the day, and then we all moved to our classes and introduced ourselves to the teachers and the kids. We then covered all the material throughout the morning with reading sessions, activities and some breaks. It’s been a great experience and I would definitely do it again because it made me realize how much I like working with kids and because I feel that I can only learn more from it.

Fears out the Window: JA for a Day

Read about Nizzah Guerra’s Spring 2016  JA experience

My Junior Achievement experience was nothing like I envisioned it to be, it is safe to say that it surpassed my expectations but in an awesome way. When I first heard about JA it was from my little brother, who was wowed by his JA experience. After speaking with him regarding his JA experience, I was immediately sold. I knew that this program was something that I would like to be involved with. When I found out that Kingsborough was offering this program I quickly went to C-102 to find out how I could participate. I signed up and it is safe to say that I do not regret making that decision.

On the first day of meeting I was very excited but my excitement soon turned into fear. After receiving our kits, and I saw all of the materials that had to be presented in that one day, I begin to wonder how it was going to be possible to present all the lessons in each session. Questions began to float through my head. Would the children remember all the materials though? Could I remember all the materials? Would my partner and I be able to intrigue the children enough to make them interested enough to learn?  Although all these questions were going through my mind I was determined to achieve the goal ahead of me.

On the morning of the JA presentation, there were a lot of butterflies in my stomach, but I refused to let it deter me from going and giving the information we had to offer to the children. Upon meeting the children and seeing how excited and ready they were to hear what my partner and I had to say all fears flew out the door. We were amazed by how much they already knew about money, how they were able to most importantly count money and all their point of views on what we were offering them. It is safe to say our kindergarten class was the most intelligent and cooperative class we have ever had the opportunity to teach.

We received warm welcomes and heartfelt goodbyes from both the students and teachers. At the end of the day we successfully able to complete all of the sessions, and I am sure that we left them a little more educated than we met them. I would encourage everyone how wants to work with children in the future to participate in JA because they will not regret it. It has truly helped to reinforce my choice of being a social worker and especially working with children.

February Tidings (and a note from the Queen)

KCC Students!

February is a weird month being of short duration and yet full of fun Black History facts and holidays dedicated to former presidents. In the spirit of the month, we would like to share some wise words from The Queen herself (no… not Prince William’s mother).

We are referring to the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin:

“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.”

Aretha

We must R-E-S-P-E-C-T and heed these words. Civic engagement is very important here at Kingsborough Community College because everyone should take an active interest in their communities. Not solely through volunteer work, but also through advocacy for important issues such as affordable housing, the climate, education initiatives (universal Pre-K anyone?), and laws surrounding food production. The Service-Learning Team has a natural bias towards service-learning because these projects provide students with opportunities to serve communities and a chance to engage in long-term conversations and action to get the needs of those communities met in a long-term sustainable way.

So the Queen has spoken and we have co-signed. If we have successfully got you interested in service, take a look at some available service projects:

  • Neptune Family Services: Be a K-12 Tutor in an after-school setting or if you are bilingual, an ESL Tutor, helping parents learn and understand English, giving them the ability to navigate their children’s educational needs.
  • For students interested in health-care related service projects, sign up for New York Methodist or Maimonides Medical Center. Both hospitals give volunteers the opportunity to interact with patients!
  • Junior AchievementBe a NYC Teacher for a Day. No prior experience required. Teach elementary school students about financial literacy. This project counts as one (1) Civic Engagement event.
  • drawchange: Spend one (1) hour each Saturday assisting in art-therapy based workshops for children ages 4-8. The workshops focus on empowerment, creativity, and self-esteem. No art experience required, just a heart to serve!

That is just the tip of our program’s iceberg. Stop by C-102 to get information on these programs as well as others.

Don’t worry, we have a big Spring semester planned, so be sure to check back with us often for updates! “Jump To It” !

 

Book Review

The Service-Learning team hopes this post finds our Kingsborough students well (If not, talk to us!)

In the midst of searching for meaningful service experiences for students, we found time to read “The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days” by Michele Weber Hurwitz. The book tells the story of a young girl who devotes her summer to performing random acts of kindness.

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Why did we read this book and decide to share with you all? Because unknowingly, our protagonist Nina Ross exemplified what it means to be a service-learner! Let us explain:

Nina started out summer feeling lost, however, despite the things going on in her life, she observed that a fellow human being had an unfulfilled need (her neighborhood was injured and unable to plant her marigolds). So she decides to anonymously plant the flowers. What starts out as one good deed spirals into a mission of service throughout her neighborhood.

With service-learning, individuals use their skill sets and resources to provide unique meaningful service to others. Here, Nina with limited financial resources, still manages to positively touch the lives of those around her, with the help of ingenuity and creativity.

Service-learning is designed both to serve a community and teach the service-learner about his or her self. Nina learned a great deal about herself, her family, and her neighbors from her mission. A lot of this was accomplished through her daily reflections. In service-learning, reflection allows an individual to track their progress and the lessons learned along the way!

Bonus Points: Nina’s acts of kindness were so effective that her neighbors began to lend a helping hand to each other. Any service-learning project is extra valuable if the person(s) can create long-term change in his/her community!

To learn more about Nina’a experience, visit your local library and pick up a copy of the book. To experience the joy of service firsthand, stop by C-102 for a list of current service projects.

**Do not forget to follow us on Twitter (@KCCService) and like us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MeaningfulService) for up-to-date information on all service opportunities.

New Year, More Service!

Happy New Year (2016) Everyone!

On the Kingsborough campus, we are well on our way into the winter semester. With MLK Day of Service fast approaching, the Service-Learning Team will be reflecting all month long on the importance of service-learning.

For starters, here are some words about service-learning from a guy famous for playing a cyborg assassin (Ironic, no?)

“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Swartz

This is a reminder that service-learning is more than providing a service to someone else. When you find a service project that you can relate to, either for career or personal reasons, you gain wonderful experiences that can last a lifetime.

Don’t take our word for it though. Stop by C-102 and see what service-learning opportunities are available.

“We’ll be back”.